I finally got tired of tracking dirt from the backyard into the house. While some may think that a concreted backyard is hassle free, mine isn't.
I finally scraped enough money together to purchase artificial turf. Even though doesn't look exactly like real grass it's pretty darn close.
I'm back from a two year long hiatus. I've been busy with my 9 to 5, night job, and the birth of my first child. Although I haven't been writing I've still been Renovating on the Cheap. The cellar at Halsey Street was the ugliest, nastiest, mustiest cellar I've ever seen. It was cut up into four rooms. We think the previous owner probably had people living down there. I spent two years planning how I could make this cellar usable. Prior to the demo I couldn't stand going down there. Everytime I did, I felt like puking.
The previous owners made it into some kind of a drug den or boom boom room. They added cinder block walls which divided the cellar into four rooms. This included a bathroom and a boiler room. One of the rooms was carpeted.
The cellar was dark and there were exposed wires and bx cables hanging from the ceiling. The walls were covered with sheetrock, which took away a few feet from the width. Once we removed all the cinder block partitions, the fire proof door at the bottom of the stairs; the cellar looked much better. It still looked dingy and small.
To make the cellar look more spacious we painted the walls bright white and the sewer lines a glossy black.
We desposed of over 250 bags of rubble while doing this job.
Plan: -Demolish the cinder block walls. -Remove sheetrock from walls -Remove illegal bathroom -Paint walls, sewer and gas lines -Sheetrock and plaster ceilings -Remove exposed electrical wires and bring them up to code.
Tools Used: -Hammer -Crow bar -Drill -Saw Zaw
Materials: -5 Gallon drum of primer -5 Gallon drum of white paint -Two gallons of black paint
It had been bothering me for a while that the stained glass windows on this house could only be seen from the outside. The previous owners wanted to put a circular curtain rod in, and they decided to cover the windows with sheetrock, and bring the windows down. Terrible. I couldn't quite figure out whether the windows were intact on the side that was inside the house, but I had to try. Hey, you never know.
Unfortunately, by knocking down the wall, I created two new jobs for myself. One, I had to strip the wood mouldings and two, I had to rebuild the mouldings that were missing. I kept thinking, How the hell would I go about doing this? The easiest thing to do would have been to replace the original mouldings with stuff from Home Depot. But I decided to go to Dykes Lumber and refabricate the missing mouldings. Since lumber yards no longer make these mouldings, we had to replicate them as best as possible using 3 or 4 different mouldings. The finished product? Priceless.